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Having attended a snowboard instructor course with SnowSkool during my year out, I enrolled at the University of Leeds and the first thing I did was sign up to the snowsports club. Just before the start of my 4th year, in May 2009, I was elected President of Leeds Snowriders (Leeds University Snowsports Club). The role of the club is to bring together like-minded shred heads and to organise regular trips to the snow.

It’s fair to say that I had underestimated how much time I would have to devote to the club. Running a club of over 1000 members is no easy ride, especially when those members are students who are often drunk…and nude. Fortunately though I had an awesome committee working with me and we had a great year!

Over the course of the year it was great to see a sizeable growth of the club. We took 300 students to Val d’Isère over the Christmas break and 430 students to Val Thorens at Easter (the biggest trip in the club’s history!). Throughout the year we also entered teams into the university freestyle and race competitions and organised heaps of social events. This included the infamous Snowriders ball, at which 250 students descended on a previously quiet hotel, drank way too much wine, had a massive cheesecake fight, and generally disgraced themselves – a pretty successful night in my opinion!

Out of all the events that we ran my personal highlight was organising our end-of-year social, an event that saw over 600 people attend. Complete with live bands and DJs, a half pipe and skate demo in the grounds of the venue. To top it all off we organised a real snow rail jam – in June no less – complete with ski and snowboard demos from the likes of current European X Games bronze medallist skier James “Woodsy” Woods and GB snowboard legend and all round hero Dom Harrington.

All in all my year running the club was both challenging and extremely rewarding at the same time. It required the vast majority of my time when I wasn’t working on my degree but as a result I made some incredible friends and gained some invaluable skills that I wouldn’t have been able to acquire elsewhere.

I would highly recommend getting involved with your university snowsports club. There’s always a super friendly, welcoming atmosphere and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people who share the same passion for anything and everything snow related!

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